Relishing in ‘Delightful’ Blueberry Cheesecake and Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream at Delight Fair Trade Chocolate!

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It’s rich, it’s creamy, it’s made from coconut milk, and it’s dairy-free: it’s a vegan chocolate ice cream alert!  And it’s deliciously decadent.  I’m a little bummed that I’ll be seeing the Toronto Chocolate Festival this year come to a close without tucking a little sweet something-something under my belt to show you all, but I think the delicious vegan chocolate ice cream I have here more than makes up for that.  As I said to my friend Christina a few weeks ago, Toronto may not be the vegan capital of the world, but there sure are some darn amazing vegan establishments and good eats around the city, and Delight Fair Trade Chocolate in the Junction is one of them! 

I made my discovery of Delight Chocolate waaay back in April when I was visiting Bunners Bake Shop during Veggielicious and walking around the Junction neighbourhood for the very first time.  As I was walking to Bunners along Dundas West, I passed by Delight before it had opened its doors for business and stopped to stare.  The storefront was beautiful to look at with its cursive logo in black and white, its black and white striped curtains tied with bright red bows, and its tiny little wooden bench sitting outside.  I stuck my nose against the storefront window and peered inside at the wooden furniture and shelves of chocolate.  The shop looked so pretty and elegant, and I had no idea at the time that it held such yummy treasures inside.

After doing a quick Google search, I found out that Delight Chocolate not only sold Fair Trade handmade chocolates, but that they also sold ice cream!  YES!  Another ice cream parlour, chocolatier, and cafe on the foodie hit list!  Along with the chocolate and ice cream are the juicy sorbets made from seasonal fruits, and cafe drinks.  At Delight, the emphasis is placed on using local, organic ingredients alongside Fair Trade chocolate. 

The term “Fair Trade” isn’t tossed around or used as a gimmick.  Delight truly believes in the importance of supporting equitable working conditions and the positive, ethical treatment of farmers and workers and the environment.  The business goes out of their way to source ingredients from Ontario and Canadian farmers and to form co-operative relationships through Camino/La Siembra.  Delight fully discloses all ingredient information used in their products right down to the farms the ingredients came from, such as Harmony Organic and Certified Local Food Plus.  In a nutshell, the chocolate and ice cream here are a representation of the belief in reciprocity via sustainability, growth in communities, and respect for everything and everyone involved in creating the food we eat.

Delight’s lineup of ice cream flavours is amazing because not only do they have some really unique and creative flavours, many of the flavours are truly local and Canadiana.  Aside from the mainstays like mint chocolate chip, vanilla, and chocolate peanut butter chip, the real standouts are the flavours such as spiced plum, honey lavender, peaches n’ cream, Niagara apricot, Quebec Blue Cheese, Blueberry Cheesecake, and Delight’s signature vegan chocolate ice cream!  Aside from organic and vegetarian/vegan grocery stores, there are a handful of places in the city that serve vegan ice cream and Delight’s specialty is the vegan chocolate.  I’m hoping to introduce many more options as time goes on, so you can consider this the first post in a tentative vegan ice cream series! 

Prices for ice cream differ based on whether you have it in a cup or in a handmade waffle cone, but a single scoop in a cup will run you $3.25, a single scoop in a waffle cone at $3.95, a double scoop serving in a cup at $5.50, and a double scoop on a waffle cone at $5.95.  Given how generous the scoop portions are and given how utterly mouthwateringly delicious the ice cream is, it is well worth it.

I knew I wanted the vegan chocolate from the get-go.  I was about to settle with just the one scoop until I saw all my other options.  I internally groaned.  The decision was going to be achingly difficult.  What flavour to choose for the 2nd scoop??  After hemming and hawing, I chose the blueberry cheesecake.  It sounded fab and the colour was beautiful.  The blueberry cheesecake is everything that you could ever want in a cheesecake flavour.  It’s thick, it’s tangy, and even though there’s no graham cracker crumb crust in the ice cream, you can literally TASTE it in every bite.  The blueberry and cheesecake flavour is a beautiful combination because the simaltaneous sour and juicy sweet flavour of the blueberry melds with the creamy tanginess which results in a wonderfully rich ice cream. 

And speaking of rich, the vegan chocolate was oh-my-god-out-of-this-world.  I don’t think you’ve truly eaten an amazing chocolate ice cream until you have eaten the vegan chocolate at Delight.  I loved the texture and consistency.  It’s not melty or runny and when you spoon it, it holds its shape so that when you put a nice, chocolately chunk of it in your mouth, you get all of the thick creamy goodness thanks to the coconut milk.  It’s thick and rich and the chocolate flavour just shines with that perfect punch of bitterness that tastes so amazing in dark chocolate.  You know the kind I’m referring to.  The type of dark chocolate that isn’t too strong or overwhelming, but still has a high enough percentage of cocoa solids to really let the natural cocoa shine through.  I loved that hint of bitter, natural cocoa flavour.

    

Now that it’s fall, Delight has a pumpkin pie ice cream that I’m dying to try!  It’s time for another visit because the Fall Harvest Series (and my tastebuds) are waiting for it.

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Delight has two locations in Toronto with one serving the Junction neighbourhood at 3040 Dundas Street West and the other located by Trinity Bellwoods Park in the West Queen West neighbourhood at 805 Queen Street West.  For more info, visit their website here.

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Tummies, Start Your Engines! Veggielicious Is Just Around the Corner

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I love food fests!  In less than 2 weeks, the first ever Veggielicious will be upon us in Toronto!  Brought to us by the Toronto Vegetarian Association, Veggielicious is a price fixe food event with the same concept as Winterlicious and Summerlicious.  A number of vegetarain, vegan, and organic and raw eateries are participating this first time around and I’m excited!  After checking out some of the menus on the Veggielicious website, I’m definitely interested in trying The Beet and Live Organic Food Bar.  My favourite, Mela Café will be participating (yay!) and I can’t wait to see what specials they’re going to have on their menu for the 2 weeks Veggielicious is running.  I brought my best friend there about 2 weeks ago (blog post and pictures to come soon!) and she loved it.  All she wanted to do was eat plate after plate of their fresh ravioli and after sharing one of the adorable, delicious vegan banana cream pie desserts, we could have noshed on 4 more because they were so good.   

Granted, even if I decide not to take advantage of the specific price fixe menus these places are offering, I’m still really looking forward to trying out new places and seeing what my favourites are planning on whipping up for the event.  It’s been so rewarding learning about vegetarian and vegan food and cooking, and incorportating it more and more into my diet.  Seeing what these places offer gives you inspiration to take home with you so that you can create your own homemade veggie meals.  I spend a lot of my free time reading up on food-related things and scoping out places for friends to try because sometimes it does take that extra bit of effort to find those holy grails you never knew existed.  The event will be great for exposure and of course, I’ll blog and post pictures of anything and everything I stuff my face with 😀  I’ll do a rundown of places closer to the date so in the meantime, mark your calendars from April 9th to the 24th becuase it’s going to be gooood.

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There are also places outside of Toronto participating in the event including Burlington, Oakville, and St. Catherines.  For more information and to print out your own Veggielicious posters to hand out and advertise, visit their website here.  I’m definitely printing out a bunch!